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Amber wasn't interested in diversion programs or prosecuting johns.The victimization that primed women for prostitution, the circumstances that led them into the life, to her, seem inevitable and unstoppable.Batts placed ads for them online, took credit cards, screened potential clients and maintained an apartment where women took men to have sex. She was sentenced to five years for second-degree sex trafficking.Batts had prior felony convictions that influenced her sentence.What they called sex work, what many people think of as prostitution, wasn't the same as true sex trafficking, they said.Supporters raised money online for her and her children.Batts' court file held a number of letters of support from state and national sex workers' rights organizations.
Batts and I briefly worked together at the Anchorage Daily News when she was a clerk and I was a young reporter in the mid-2000s.Her business didn't make her rich, but she was comfortable, able to pay for a car and her trailer in South Anchorage as well as the apartment where the prostitution went on. She never met a woman in the business who didn't have some kind of history of sexual trauma."Generally, there would be some DV stuff, most recent, and there would usually be some sexual abuse in the family.She began writing an online column from jail, railing against sex-trafficking laws in Alaska."What happened to the belief that America was built upon, that each man has the right to do what he wants to do with his own life as long as he does not interfere with his neighbor's pursuit of happiness? "It could be the woman wearing nice earrings sitting beside you at the coffee shop on her laptop, it could be the woman that is waiting for a bus somewhere," she said.
Most recently, in 2015, she was convicted of sex trafficking and is now serving her sentence.